William & Mary

7 Generations Pre-Orientation Program

Build and Serving Community

7 Generations Collage
7 Generations 

Our 7 Generations pre-orientation community service trips are offered each August to a small group of incoming students. Each trip focuses on an important social issue in our area and allows students to learn about that issue while working together on related service projects. 7 Generations is an incredible opportunity to get connected to community service at W&M, meet some amazing classmates, and make a positive impact before move-in day.

Why Participate? 
  • Learn about diverse social issues and community-building solutions
  • Address those issues through direct service with community organizations
  • Serve with other incoming students interested in community engagement and get an early introduction to William & Mary
 7 Generations 2015 - August 2nd-8th
Register for 7 Generations 2015 by July 3. 
The Trips          

In Summer 2015 we will offer three trips: Animals in Community, Unstable Housing, and Food Access. Trip schedules are flexible and may change to address the needs of our community partners, but you can find an outline below. 

Sunday and Friday all participants will share the same schedule. Beginning at 4pm, Sunday will be dedicated to ice-breakers and introductions.  Friday will include a morning of direct service with a local community partner, an afternoon of of closing activities and a picnic.  The program will end Saturday morning at 9am. 

2015 Trip Schedules

Animals in Community

Food Access

Unstable Housing

Arrive Sunday at 4pm


9-2 pm Heritage Humane Society, Williamsburg, VA

2:30-5pm Dream Catchers Therapeutic Riding


9-4pm Heritage Humane Society

4pm Wildlife Rehabilitator


8-5pm Norfolk Animal Care & Adoption Center


9-5 pm Heritage Humane Society

7 pm K9 Connection, Service Dogs 

Arrive Sunday at 4pm


8:30-1:3pm Kel Rae Farms

2-3pm Farmer's Market

3-6:3pm Campus Kitchen Cooking Shift


9-2pm  Grove Food Pantry

2-4pm Erase the Need 

4-6pm Campus Kitchen Delivery Shift


9-4pm Shalom Farms, Richmond, VA


9-10am Community Health Foundation

10-11am FISH Food Pantry 

12-3pm Grove Outreach

4-6:3pm Campus Kitchen Cooking Shift

Arrive Sunday at 4pm


8:30-12pm Avalon: A Center for Women & Children

1-5pm Habitat ReStore


8:30-1pm 3E Homelessness Restoration

1-5pm Habitat ReStore


9-12pm Williamsburg Housing Authority

1-5pm Lafayette Village


8:30-5pm Habitat Build


Each trip costs $185 per student.  These fees include travel expenses during the trip, food, housing and education materials. Payments are due by July 9th and will be processed online.  Further instructions on payment are provided when you register for the trip.

A limited number of $100 scholarships are available and you may apply for a scholarship through the registration form.  

Other First Year Experiences

Can't commit to the whole week of 7 Generations or just want to add even more community egnagement to the start of your W&M experience? Consider signing up for SHOW Day

Want to continue your commitment through your freshman year at William and Mary? Apply for the Aim 4 program a curricular and experiential program to support students develop their path to active citizenship.